Young readers will teleport to adventures with the five CryptoKids (crypto = hidden) as they hunt for clues hidden in big, new words in Edith Hope Fine's Cryptomania! Teleporting into Greek and Latin with the CryptoKids. Once students know that pachy = thick and derm = skin, they know why hippos, rhinos, and elephants are called pachyderms. Meet real dinos (like Pachycephalosaurus and Pterodactyl) and invented ones (like Octocertops, Bicephalosaur, and Polychromopod).
Explore eight Teleporter destinations (like the Classical World and Mathopolis), discover a Logoscope that turns roots into words, and learn how to create dinos with a Create-a-Critter spinner. Imagine a Dinoctopterasaur a terrible eight-winged dino! Based on Edith Hope Fine s teaching experience, "Cryptomania!" strongly supports Common Core State Standards.
This 44-page book, originally from Tricycle Press, is the perfect tool for teachers, students, homeschoolers, families, tutors, and logophiles as they dig into basic word roots. Now available: Greek and Latin for Cryptomaniacs, a 126-page student workbook. This companion to Cryptomania!, guides third to sixth graders (and beyond) to the 200 cool Greek and Latin roots found in the book and includes 100 new roots.
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When adults are perusing picture books it is usually with one or more children in mind. If you are looking for a book that provides unlimited opportunities to interact with young readers I highly recommend Edith Hope Fine’s Cryptomania. It took me a long time to get through this 44-page picture book due to the depth of content and all the “cryptic” imagery and text to be discovered throughout the book. See if you can decipher a famous quote and a well-known song written in Latin. As an educator, Cryptomania, could prove an invaluable resource for STEAM based collaborative projects that combine reading, math, science, history, music and more. So much academic vocabulary has Greek and Latin roots and Cryptomania presents them in an engaging, integrated and stimulating story that covers worlds of applications. As we prepare our children for 21st Century careers it is important for them to have an understanding of the roots of technical and scientific language. It is much easier to understand what the emerging field of Paleo-Botany is about if you know Greek and Latin roots. Cryptomania brings the past into the present and prepares us for the future.